Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another Status Report and Something From My Scrap Bin

Okay, I know what you're all coming to my blog to read about--the current status of mom's stash! She received about 5 envelopes/parcels on Saturday and then on Monday, wowsers! Dad hauled about 20 home from the post office! Yep. That tote below is the result of this unbelievable generosity from my fellow quilters.
Saturday and Monday fabric!
And people are not just giving fat quarters, which is generous enough by itself! Occasionally there is some larger pieces, a quilt book, maybe a pattern or two, thread, sewing machine needles, applique needles, small rulers, pins and other assorted notions. Overall, she's received a couple small kits and one beautiful larger one, fabric that was undoubtedly bought as part of a kit, charm packs, new fabrics, old fabrics, reproduction fabrics, florals, blenders, batiks, conversation prints, Japanese fabric, neutrals and every other kind of fabric you can imagine. It's simply incredible this outpouring of love and kindness. What is happening here is so wonderful! A daily building of a fabric stash that is rich in years, depth and variety--something impossible for my mom to go out and buy or even replace.

These last packages are from Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Oregon, Alaska, Texas, California, Colorado, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and also from these countries: Australia, Ontario Canada, Novia Scotia Canada, Alberta Canada, England, Spain and the Netherlands! So fascinating to see where it's all coming in from!
My mom's new stash
Over the weekend, my son started to put together a shelf to store grandma's totes on. He ran into a problem and then simply ran out of time before he had to go back home to Eugene.*sigh  A partially put together shelf is not very helpful! So yesterday, between my dad and my husband, they were able to finish the shelves and start loading the totes that had been filled {or mostly filled} over the weekend by my mom and sister. Last night, I added two more (one from the weekend and another from the Thursday/Friday haul). She also has two drawers in her small dresser that are mostly stuffed with fabric. Can you believe this?? I am in a state of shock almost every day. lol
A few of my scraps
So I'm playing with my scraps. You know, to find my equilibrium.*wink First I sort out the colors that are so sweetly calling to me. {Surprise, surprise to see these ones...} And then I look for my pattern, block or idea.
Yep, it's foundation piecing. I have clearly lost my mind....
Gotta love my $1 quilt books! So very inspirational as I somehow knew they would be. Those older books are usually loaded with good ideas. I'm not sure about this tulip though. It's a pretty big guy for my scrappy little scraps....
My big 'ol scrappy tulip
Oh well. It does give me a thrill to see it up on my design wall! That's usually a pretty good sign to keep on 'keeping on' with what I'm doing. What do you think? I do love my flowers....

20 comments:

  1. I am so glad for your mom!! Yahoo!! Kind of a new life...not the same as the old one, but a good one, none the less. Of course you KNOW I love the scrappy tulip!

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  2. I'm enjoying hearing about your mums growing stash. You're onto something wonderful with that scrappy flower!

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  3. Happy for your mom. I love the collection of books you got for a $1. Some great ones in there. I like the scrappy tulip but it is big isn’t it..

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  4. mom better get busy making some quilts again huh, love that she is getting so much to play with! Love your flower applique

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  5. Your tulip looks great Audrey. Keep going!

    I bet your Mom is doing the happy dance. Quilters are a good bunch of folks.

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  6. Love that scrap tulip ! What a great book.

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  7. I like the scrappy tulip design. The only thing I don't like about doing this type work is that there are so many seam allowances to turn under for the applique. Sometimes the seams work open at the edge.

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  8. Great post! Love that strip pieced tulip of yours--looks like a great book...hugs, Julierose

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  9. That tulip is giving me ideas Julie......
    So good to see you Mum's new stash - hugs to her (and you for organising it)

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  10. What a beautiful way to build a stash!

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  11. Wow! The generosity is so heartwarming. It makes me feel like I received something as well. I guess I did, I received the reflected happiness from you and your mom. The tulip looks great - keep going.

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  12. Absolutely love that tulip. Going to look for that book.
    Your mom's new stash is amazing. Just goes to show that there are a lot of giving people out there.

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  13. Wonderful to hear how your mum's stash is building. I love your big scrappy tulip 🐨

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  14. So happy for your Mom! Your scrappy tulip is so cool!! Can't wait to see a bunch of them!

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  15. Happy for your mum! Love that scrappy tulip! A scrappy tulip (but of a slightly different design) is still on my to-make list, can't wait to see more of what you are doing. Reminds me of (our - I live in The Netherlands- ) spring, much better than our fall (it is cold, windy and raining right now :-( )

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  16. I love your tulip and have no doubt you will do something amazing with it! So glad your mom is getting some goodies in the mail, I hope she will be inspired to stitch her worries away! I know she has lost so much, glad she is getting some nice surprises to make her smile!

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  17. It's a pretty tulip and it's so much fun reading about your mom's growing fabric stash! :)

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  18. It's so fantastic to work with scraps! Your tulip looks wonderful!

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  19. Your mom won't know where to begin with so many fabrics etc. but I bet she'll have fun trying! Your tulip is the start of something very interesting.

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  20. I just love happy news! So glad you are all experiencing this outpouring of love, and glad I was able to participate. Sharing what we have blesses the giver and the recipient, for sure. And the fact that the USPS gal is smiling too... wow. Judging by the unhappy looking postal workers at my local post office, that's not small feat!

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